May 11 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
No one likes to think about what if something bad were to happen to their home. Storms, hurricanes, floods, and fires are scary for people and pets. The thought of evacuating in an emergency is no fun at all; however, preparing for a disaster and having a plan is always a good idea. With climate change on the rise, it is essential to have a plan and an evacuation kit ready for you and your pets. Here are some ideas on what to pack in your kit:
Your kit should have supplies for at least three days.
Emergency Evacuation Pet Kit Checklist
Collapsible bowls or dishes
Toys to keep pets occupied
Extra leashes and collars
Photos of pets
Litter box or pee pads
Kennel, bedding, and blankets
Extra Items that can be just as important are:
Laminated printed photos: When a natural disaster strikes, finding power for a cell phone to charge may be hard to come by. We all have thousands of pictures of our pets on our phone, but if your phone dies? Those photos will not get you very far if for some reason you are separated from your pet and need help identifying them.
Some tips for photos:
You can print photos from your home printer and laminate them using clear packing tape or keep them safe in a ziplock bag.
Make multiples in case you need to hang them up on bulletin boards or hand them out.
Write your contact information on the back of the photo along with distinct markings.
Be sure to pack a copy of your vet records including vaccination records in case you need to board your pets or if a hotel or shelter requires proof before allowing your pet in.
These are just a few ideas of what you can include in your pet's emergency evacuation kit. Do you have some idea of other things you can include? Tell us on social media.
You can also print out this fun and free printable to use or share with your local shelter or school! Click here to download and check out our other responsible pet ownership coloring sheets!